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Authorities reached out to the public Tuesday for help in identifying two men who attempted to steal a vehicle in Vista last week and stabbed a neighbor who interrupted the theft.

Two people were parking their vehicle in the garage of their home on Palomar Place around 7:55 p.m. on Sept. 22 when one of the people got out to move a trash can, according to the San Diego County Sheriff’s Department.

As the person was moving the trash can, a white newer-model Ford F- series truck stopped behind their vehicle and a passenger in the truck got out, approached the vehicle, opened the driver’s side door, displayed a knife and demanded that the driver get out of the vehicle.

During the confrontation, a neighbor saw what was happening and attempted to intervene, but the neighbor was stabbed in the abdomen.

Both suspects then fled the scene in the Ford, which had a white rack and two utility boxes on the sides of the truck bed.

The neighbor was taken to a hospital and has recovered from his injuries, sheriff’s officials said.

The Ford driver was described as a roughly 5-foot-10 Hispanic man with a stocky build and a shaved head. His passenger was described as a roughly 5-foot-10 white man with a medium build and short, brown hair.

Anyone with information was asked to call San Diego County Crime Stoppers at 888-580-8477 or Sheriff’s Detective Lucia Rodriguez at 760-940- 4551. Tipsters can also contact the agency online at and could be eligible for a reward of up to $1,000.

–City News Service